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Sunday, 2 February 2014

Let music be the food of love

I think it is apt to have the next Portsmouth Chamber Music concert on Valentine's Day.

On Friday 14 February, Music in the Round resident group Ensemble 360 will come in full force, with a rather exciting programme of music.

JANACEK Mladi for wind sextet
CHARLIE PIPER With Stolen Fire for string quintet and wind quintet
MARTINU Nonet
SPOHR Nonet

Spohr's high-spirited Nonet and Janacek's energetic Mladi are the perfect frame for Martinu's more nostalgic work.

Charlie Piper's With Stolen Fire was originally conceived for Music in the Round’s 2013 May Festival with accompanying film from the BFI archives. Premiered in Sheffield's Showroom Cinema the piece celebrates Britain’s industrial heritage marking the centenary since the discovery of the process of making stainless steel.

There will be a post-concert Q&A with members of Ensemble 360 & composer Charlie Piper, which would be the best part as people can quiz them about their playing, their choice of music and for Charlie, how the arrived at his composition.

The Third Floor Arts Centre is a small venue which has its own charm, if not badly neglected by those charged with its upkeep. Like any venue, it should be used more and I'm so glad we go there for the Portsmouth Chamber Music series for it has the best piano in Portsmouth!

So come along and spend your evening with lovely music and musicians. Let the music feed your heart with love!

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